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Job 12 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Job Chides His Accusers

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:1 - Then Job responded,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:2 - “Truly then you are the people,
And with you wisdom will die!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:3 - “But I have intelligence as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
And [fn]who does not know such things as these?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:4 - “I am a joke to [fn]my friends,
The one who called on God and He answered him;
The just and blameless man is a joke.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:5 - [fn]He who is at ease holds disaster in contempt,
As prepared for those whose feet slip.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:6 - “The tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure,
[fn]Whom God brings into their power.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:7 - “But just ask the animals, and have them teach you;
And the birds of the sky, and have them tell you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:8 - “Or speak to the earth, and have it teach you;
And have the fish of the sea tell you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:9 - “Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:10 - In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:11 - “Does the ear not put words to the test,
As the palate [fn]tastes its food?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:12 - “Wisdom is with the aged,
And with [fn]long life comes understanding.

Job Speaks of the Power of God

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:13 - “Wisdom and might are with Him;
Advice and understanding belong to Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:14 - “Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He [fn]imprisons a person, and [fn]there is no release.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:15 - “Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He sends them out, and they [fn]inundate the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:16 - “Strength and sound wisdom are with Him.
One who goes astray and one who leads astray belong to Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:17 - “He makes advisers walk [fn]barefoot
And makes fools of judges.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:18 - “He undoes the binding of kings,
And ties a loincloth around their waist.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:19 - “He makes priests walk [fn]barefoot,
And overthrows the secure ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:20 - “He deprives the trusted ones of speech,
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:21 - “He pours contempt on nobles,
And loosens the belt of the strong.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:22 - “He reveals mysteries from the darkness,
And brings the deep darkness into light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:23 - “He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He [fn]enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:24 - “He deprives the leaders of the earth’s people of [fn]intelligence
And makes them wander in a pathless wasteland.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:25 - “They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken person.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit with whom is there not like these?
Lit his
Lit Contempt for calamity is the thought of him who is at ease
Or He who brings God into his hand.
Lit tastes food for itself
Lit length of days
Lit shuts against
Lit it is not opened
Lit overturn
Or stripped
Or stripped
Or spreads out
Lit heart

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